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Saturday, September 17th, 2005
3:25 pm - Satires are fun.

inert_virulence
10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were
allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

I think this is funny, besides being, you know, fairly correct. I actually got it off of Myspace, from Seth's bulletin, but I thought it could use repeating.

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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
3:40 pm - Fixing Things

inert_virulence
I got what I think is a significant number of responses, although the people who didn't comment or email me left a noticeable sort of quiet. Either way, all the responses I did get were in the affirmative for pursuing the OCSI and making it a strong, lasting part of the Saint Mary's community.

I have ideas for how to rectify the current situation, and it would be splendid if others both chipped in with making these ideas become actions and with putting in their own ideas. Here is what I personally propose:

1. We get a teacher involved. Ms. Sparling is the OCSI moderator, but she's obviously not doing her job, and she hasn't been all year. Let's face it, she didn't do a whole lot last year either. If she's not willing to help out as much as the team needs her to, then we'll find someone else. First though, she needs to be approached and spoken with. I move that Lauren and I meet with her privately, and then the group as a whole joins us at a slightly later date. I think an ideal situation is to have an adult in the room for entire meetings twice a month, giving the leader(s) freedom, but also giving the group restraint.

2. Find a second in command. This problem is beyond Lauren, and she can't fix it herself. I think it'd be an excellent idea for there to be another person that Lauren can have assume command if she can't make it to a meeting, and also, just another person she can share responsibilities once. The other person doesn't need to take her title, or even share it; they need to back Lauren up at every opportunity.

3. There needs to be a curriculum, if only one that's loose. Do any of you know why Brother Kenneth's classes always worked out so well? It's because everything was ready ahead of time, so he COULD be prompt. If he didn't know what he was teaching in the next week, do you think he'd have been able to grade every class's homework in one night? No, he couldn't have, because he would've been working on reading and such for the next days instead.
I gave Lauren my curriculum, but it's gotten off course, and I was wrong to not go over it with her first. I still have a copy of it somewhere, and if Lauren wants help making her own, I can give that to her and help her build her own for the rest of the year, and for next year as well if she decides to keep command.

4. People need to know about the OCSI. There's a poster on the bulletin board most people don't read in the library, and that's pretty much it. Dr. Mullane's room is in an obscure location, and the only way for people to really notice the group is to hand them the information. Ask each teacher to put a poster up in their room. Put in announcements every week, on at LEAST Fridays and Mondays. Ms. Mahoney will put everything in the announcements that you want her to, provided you give her enough time. Each announcement should give a vague description of what you will be doing at the next meeting. You all need to talk to your friends about the group, and mention it in class. The OCSI needs to be EXPLAINED to everyone.

I could go on and on with suggestions, but I think that first, people need to get started with these ones. I vote for a meeting as soon as humanly possible with Sparling and Lauren, and while I am fairly knowledgable about Sparling's schedule, I have no idea of Lauren's, so I'm going to need her to email me or comment here.

What do people think about suggestions 1-4? I need way more feedback than I got last time, people.

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
10:45 am - Major Change Necessary

inert_virulence
I hope everyone reads this entire post, because it's important.

The OCSI is going to shit. It's not any one person's fault, and a lot of the problems began outside the current community. But, at the same time, no one seems that jazzed about fixing it. If you don't want to have a GSA at Saint Mary's anymore, then fine, but I can't imagine that being a possibility. This group was started a year ago, and since its birth it has made so many people feel better about themselves. It's hard going to a school where the religion the community holds excludes you. This group of people was supposed to provide a sort of sanctuary to anyone who showed up, especially if they were looking for information about or a place in the queer community.

Last year it was started by Juliette and Amanda. The meetings began in the middle of the year, and it was a very controvercial group, so there weren't a lot of extra activities and things. There was no budget, and the teacher/staff support was somewhat limited. There were still interesting meetings and fun events, and great chemistry within the group as well.

Now, however, the population has dwindled, as the slack from the graduated seniors (and myself) leaving hasn't been picked up. There haven't been any big events yet since I've gone, and the meetings are fairly boring, if I do say so myself. There is generally very little order or structure, which creates a sort of vortex of chaotic boredom.

Now, I could bitch and moan about how badly this is going for light years, but I want to fix it, not criticize. I have a few ideas on how to create a more fun and informative environment that will thrive even after the current juniors have graduated. The only thing I ask is that people agree to them, before I start trying to initiate some of the changes. If everyone says the want the OCSI to go away for good, then I'll back off and cut my losses. However, if you're down with fixing things, please comment here or email me at tATudchic@hotmail.com . If I get comments in the affirmative of making things better, I'll post ways to do so.

Thanks for reading and responding.

Ashlyn

PS--I really hope you all vote to fix this.

current mood: determined

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Saturday, February 5th, 2005
10:36 am

mainman9
We should really do somehing about making OCSI publications!!!!!

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
10:37 am - Dr. Suess Meets Gay Marriage

telcontar_ii
I got this from the UCSC queer undergrad mailing list. It's a parody of the actual Dr. Suess with a political slant about gay marriages. The actual quality of the parody is semi-decent (it gets better once you're past the beginning) but I thought it was cute and the message is important, so here it is. Enjoy.


How the Grinch Stole Marriage
by Mary Ann Horton, Lisa and Bill Koontz
(with apologies to Dr. Suess.)


Every Gay down in Gayville...Collapse )

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2004
4:32 pm

pepper_imps
Interesting.

Any thoughts?

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Friday, October 1st, 2004
8:12 pm - "[If I didn't make a gay joke] people would leave here like 'We lost our leader!'"

inert_virulence
So, after much thought and deliberation, I decided that, of all the people currently in the OCSI, there was one who I thought would really be an outstanding leader for next year.

So now (and a little bit early, I admit) I present to you, your future KING (heh, Disney) (she can, of course, be queen if she likes, or even king AND queen...):

Lauren Slusser!!!

You know you love her people. Expect to see a tandem rulership next semestre, and I hope this continues to live for quite a long time.

Monday, we're talking about bisexuals and their crummy end of societal acceptance. See you folks there!

current mood: excited

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Monday, September 6th, 2004
9:58 pm - An interesting passage, stolen from another LJ user. No idea where she got it from...

pepper_imps
So, being the considerate boyfriend I am -- and my own glass being empty as well -- I brave the mob at the bar to fetch the next round. I would like to point out that I was not drunk. For reasons passing understanding, Sam was outpacing me roughly two-to-one in the drink department. While I'm standing there, waiting for our drinks, someone bumps into me and says, "Excuse me, faggot." This is where I come to loathe the OED.

Sam is habitually ready to go before I am, and his idea of a fun way to pass five free minutes, I kid you not, is to read the dictionary. Have I convinced you yet that he is a nerd? Most times he reads randomly. But occasionally (for he is, like myself, a man of occasions), he thinks of words he's always wanted to know the etymologies and alternate pronunciations of. He has, furthermore, developed the accursed habit of reading aloud to me, and I have developed the equally accursed habit of listening.

One morning, as I prepare to do battle with the minions of Hell known as the United States Congress, the word of the day is "faggot." Now, I could tell you all sorts of useless things about Proto-Indo European roots and Middle French cognates, but you don't care, and neither do I. But the definition -- here’s the gist of it. A "faggot" literally means a bundle of twigs tied together and set on fire to light bigger fires. In the middle ages, that era of tolerance and compassion, the authorities would round up everyone suspected of witchcraft or sodomy, tie the whole gang up with a strong piece of rope, and set them on fire. To be called a faggot, then, is not simply to be called gay. It is to be marked as someone who should be burned to death. Someone who should not be allowed to live. And so I regard this word, this name I've just been called, with more than merely the hatred every human being should feel for such derogation, with more than the hatred a man in love with another man should feel. I hate it as only a linguist can.

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Monday, August 30th, 2004
9:52 pm - "...how am I doing so far?"

inert_virulence
So, today was the first meeting.

Yes, I know I'm a dork. Really, I do. Lesson plans were a little much. But hey, at least I didn't like, write everything down on notecards and put special pens in my pocket protector in case I need to fix an error and read off of the cards instead of paying attention to you people.

Seriously though, how'd it go? Just tell me if I screwed up, so that I can fix it later. I love suggestions when it comes to this kind of thing.

DON'T FORGET TO GO TO THE POSTER THING IN THE SHEA CENTER DURING Z BLOCK TOMORROW. I would be there if I could, but I can't, so I'm sending you all off to do my bidding when I cannot rule in person.

Um, yeah, so, next week, stereotypes associated with LGBTQ--oh wait--AND straight people. If you have any other ideas, new or old, just comment and I'll get to them ASAP.

Over and out. *winks*

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, August 27th, 2004
8:48 pm - Since it mysteriously disappeared from the announcements...

inert_virulence
So, in Mullane's room on Monday at lunch, there shall be a very special event!!!!:

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR!

Sparling has some things to say, and we also need to work out a gameplan for the club fair, where we shall most definitely have a booth. If anyone in particular wants to work the booth with me (it would be totally awesome if we showed out full force, especially if it's straight people hanging out with the LGBTQ among us), comment or tell me later. Also, comment any special ideas you have. The Monday before the club fair, we're going to make posters and stuff in RAINBOW colours!!!

Woot!

OK guys, see you on Monday!

current mood: determined

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Monday, August 9th, 2004
9:51 pm - Movie Night IV idea!

inert_virulence
OK, so, I found an icon that I like. I'm not using it here (although I also like my current icon), because I'm not in that sort of mood, but there's a story to it.

I found it while looking for something else, and I thought it was funny. But, I didn't wanna use it, because it was from some movie called "Fucking Amal," and I'm not sure if I'm cocky enough to use an icon from a porno on lj. So, I finally looked it up on www.imdb.com, thinking that I at least wouldn't get massive amounts of porn popups that way.

It's not a porno at all! It's such a cute sounding movie. The American title is "Show Me Love" because "Fucking Amal" doesn't go over well with most. (There is an explanation for the name though--Amal is a place in Sweden, and it's Fucking Amal like "Fucking El Sobrante" because Amal sucks ass.) So yes, anyway, I'm posting the link, and you all should read up on it, because I damn well wanna see it now.
http://imdb.com/title/tt0150662/

By the by, Madam Happy Pants, are you up for a movie night at your house? Because that would be damned awesome.

current mood: interested

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Sunday, August 1st, 2004
8:02 pm - GAY METER!

caustic_one829
I think that we should all take this even if we are not LGBTQ its just good fun for everyone ( i think i rhymed lol) well yeah here's mine.


Gay-O-Meter
Name
Age
Pick One
Pick A Movie
Pick A Beverage
Gayness - 90%
This quiz by tankfreak - Taken 99813 Times.
</a>
New - Help with love and dating!

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Friday, July 9th, 2004
4:53 pm - I Can't Believe You Haven't Seen This Yet night

inert_virulence
OK, so, the next movie night is the 15th and 16th at my apartment. People should start showing up around 6, unless I'm giving someone a ride there. In that case, you'll be sitting at my house with nothing to do but talk to me for a while, which might suck for you lol.

Some RULES!
1. Juliette and I get the couch. If we don't take up the whole thing, Janie and Ian get the othe part. It's tradition guys.
2. CLOTHES STAY ON! This means you, me, everyone.
3. It would be awesome if people chipped in some for food and rentals. Like...really awesome.
4. No, you can't use my room.
5. If you want a specific movie played, bring it up relatively soon. In other words, don't get pissed because we don't watch something if you tell me about it the day before or something.
6. Don't just bring a friend without asking. Please.

Some MOVIES!
1. But I'm a Cheerleader
2. Velvet Goldmine
3. Say Anything...
4. The Fifth Element
5. True Romance
6. Far From Heaven
7. Heathers
8. Cape Fear
Only the first two are set in stone, as there are still people that haven't experienced it. Throw me comments on whatever.

People I know are coming: Juliette, Amanda, David (NOT Fike), Janie, Ian, Max, Maria SOL!, Elana, Juan. TELL ME IF YOU AREN'T ON THIS LIST AND SHOULD BE!

What the hell do you all want for dinner and breakfast?

current mood: jovial

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Sunday, June 27th, 2004
10:06 pm

mainman9
Okay, i think i might be ready to come out to my parents. I was just wondering what you all think is the best time to come out to them. THANX in advance.

current mood: crappy

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Sunday, June 20th, 2004
11:14 pm - Subject: My Bible tells me so.

inert_virulence
Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality, who dispenses advice to people who call in to her Radio show. On her radio show recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination, according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet.

******************************************
Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's
Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination .... End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other
elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male
and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as
sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she
is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it
creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.
Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I
morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is
an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there
'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God
if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including
the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead
pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two
different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing
garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy
considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,
Homer Simpson-Caldwell

No reception without reaction, no impression without expression.

William Jones

current mood: I GOT ANOTHER JULIETTE LETTER!

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Sunday, June 13th, 2004
7:51 pm - Events

argyle_eyes
For the people that don't read SF Chronicle's Datebook, their recent issue was dubbed since it is Pride month and there is so much coverage on it. Anyway, here are some events that will be taking place:

<3Collapse )

~*M*~

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Friday, May 28th, 2004
11:20 pm - nahnah nah nah

gourmet_shit
ahah i was a good little kitty at this movie nite. i shall kill and fuck vincent (not in that order though) and yes. here's a fare-thee-well to all the seniors. just thought i'd say buh-bye.

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
8:11 pm

mainman9
We should definatley (spelled wrong) keep the OCSI goin till at least i graduate.

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Monday, May 24th, 2004
6:16 pm - The End/The Beginning

inert_virulence
Mondays, Mullane's room, effective August 24th, 2004, of the '04/'05 school year at St. Mary's.

Here's to Year Two, and Cheers to Year One, eh?

PS- We're gonna miss you guys.

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
8:41 am - Last O.C.S.I. Meeting!!!!

telcontar_ii
Look, Amanda already posted this, but I don't think anybody noticed (except for Ashlyn) so I'm doing it again.

Monday is the last O.C.S.I. meeting of the year. Those of us who are seniors will not be returning. So, even though most of the seniors won't be there, it would be nice to do something to say goodbye. So, even though we're not taking names or anything, please bring some sort of yummy food and your yearbooks.


No longer in the big font, but still serious:
Starting this group with Amanda is probably the only thing I'm proud of in all my time at Saint Mary's. I really hope that it's doing what it should do and, more importantly, I hope you guys are active in your influence on the school and in recruiting new members next year. Please don't let this die out.

current mood: nostalgic

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